China zealotry comes at a cost, if it stops shared university research
By James Laurenceson
Note: This article was appeared in The Australian Financial Review on February 28 2018.
As I sit at my desk contemplating the latest round of panicky comments about China's influence operations in Australia – including claims about how they are supposedly undermining the military technology lead of the US – my attention keeps being drawn to two astonishing statistics.
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